Phoenix Suns vs. Houston Rockets - 12/21/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Houston Rockets (19-9) at Phoenix Suns (11-17)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 9:00 pm (Talking Stick Resort Arena)
The Line: Phoenix Suns +5.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns meet Saturday in NBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Houston Rockets look for another win after winning six of their last eight games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 119.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 114.4 points on 45.6 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 38.9 points and 7.4 assists while Russell Westbrook is averaging 22.8 points and 7.2 assists. Clint Capela is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Gordon is grabbing 1.9 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.9 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won four straight road games.
The Phoenix Suns need a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 114.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 114.4 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 25 points and 6.4 assists while Deandre Ayton is averaging 18 points and 11.5 rebounds. Kelly Oubre Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Aron Baynes is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost five of their last six home games.
The Rockets are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games as a road favorite, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Suns are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 0 days rest. The under is 14-6 in Rockets last 20 road games. The over is 10-3 in Suns last 13 home games. The Rockets are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Phoenix and 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The over is 10-2 in the last 12 meetings in Phoenix. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Houston Rockets are starting to put things together over the last two weeks and a big win over the LA Clippers only feeds into their confidence. The Phoenix Suns are looking more and more like the team we're used to seeing, and now they have to play on the end of a back to back against a Rockets team that loves to push the pace. That Suns defense is going to have some serious issues in this contest. I'll lay the reasonable number with the Rockets on the road.